The majority of hotel personnel may be on strike when “Swifties” arriving in Los Angeles this week to attend Taylor Swift concerts do so.
Four hotels close to LAX and SoFi Stadium, where the Eras Tour performances will take place, were the target of a new round of strikes on Thursday morning, according to the union that represents 15,000 hotel workers.
According to the union, hundreds of employees from four hotels—the Sheraton Gateway, Holiday Inn LAX, Westin LAX, and Four Points Sheraton—walked out of their jobs on Thursday morning.
This week, a few California legislators wrote to Swift pleading with her to postpone her gigs in Los Angeles, which begin on Thursday and run through August 9. Swift’s concerts, according to the legislators, would generate revenue for the hotels they are battling.
Taylor Swift Excites Fans with Tweet About Upcoming LA Show at SoFi Stadium on August 1st:
Really blows my mind that we have one last city on the US leg of The Eras Tour. Santa Clara this weekend was a partyyy, both crowds were so loud and rowdy. And I’ll never forget when Alana, Este and Danielle emerged wearing their gowns from the Bejeweled video 😂 Loved every… pic.twitter.com/uVIjsbPs64
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 31, 2023
Democratic Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis of California joined dozens of other elected state officials in signing a letter drafted by union Unite Here Local 11 urging her to support the striking workers.
Unite Here Local 11, the largest hospitality union in Southern California, has carried out its scheduled rolling strikes since early July in an effort to drastically raise the pay of industry workers. Unite Here Local 11 represents thousands of workers at 60 major hotels in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Ready for it 🏟️✨
— SoFi Stadium (@SoFiStadium) August 3, 2023
Hotels including the Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott LA Live, Beverly Hilton, Fairmont Miramar, Anaheim Hilton, and Four Seasons Regent Beverly Wilshire, which served as the backdrop for the film “Pretty Woman,” have already been impacted by the strike.
The open letter addressed to Swift said, “We are writing in support of the hotel housekeepers across Los Angeles. They make beds, clean bathrooms, and take care of every guest need. But right now, workers say they are struggling to make ends meet. Your shows make our region’s hotels a lot of money.”
The article continued by claiming that the hotels would profit even more from her concerts while the local hotel staff would suffer and not gain anything.
“In Los Angeles, hotels are doubling and tripling what they charge because you are coming… but many workers cannot afford to live close to where they work. Some of them even sleep in their cars between shifts. Others are at risk of losing their homes,” the letter said.